Postdoctoral Study, University of Miami, School of Medicine
Ph.D. Department of Human Development, University of Maryland, College Park
M.A. Department of Human Development, University of Maryland, College Park
B.A. Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Infant and Child Emotional Development
Socio-emotional relationships between infants and their parents
Maternal depression effects on prenatal and infant development
Risk and Resilience across development
Maternal caretaking, especially the breastfeeding environment along with an affectionate touch
Infant brain development and human agency
Frontal lobe development and social information processing skills in infancy
Emotions are ubiquitous and impart meaning to everyday experiences and social interactions. Our lab focuses on studying the development of emotions from infancy through early childhood, employing neuropsychological and psychophysiological perspectives. We study the factors that precipitate both risk and resilience during development. We are particularly interested in individual differences in temperament that are associated with positive emotions, approach styles and pro-social behaviors which are likely to improve social relationships and developmental outcomes. We also study how maternal depression and mood during the prenatal and postnatal periods influence infant and child development as well as how family support can attenuate those risk factors.
Hardin, J., Jones, N.A., Mize, K.D., & Platt, M. (2020). Parent-Training with Kangaroo Care Impacts Mother-Infant Neuroendocrine Activity & Infant Neurophysiological Development. Infant Behavior and Development. (article accepted for: Special Issue on Brain Imaging to Study Infant Behavior and Development, editors: Gianluca Esposito, Paola Rigo, and Marc H. Bornstein). 58,101416, https://doi.org/ 10.1016/j.infbeh.2019.101416
Hardin, J., Jones, N.A., Mize, K.D., & Platt, M. (in press). Affectionate Touch in the Context of Breastfeeding and Maternal Depression Influences Infant Neuro- developmental and Temperamental Substrates. Neuropsychobiology.
Pratt, B., Longo, J., Gordon, S., & Jones, N.A. (2020). Perceptions of Breastfeeding for Women with Perinatal Depression: A descriptive phenomenological study. Issues in Mental Health Nursing. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01612840.2019.1691690
Shanok, N., Jones, N.A., & Lucas, N. (2019). Assessing Children’s Performance on the Facial Emotion Recognition Task with Familiar and Unfamiliar Faces: An Autism Study. Advanced Online Publication. Child Psychiatry and Human Development. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10578-019-00870-z
Shanok, N., & Jones, N.A. (2019). Mindfulness Meditation Intervention (MMI) Alters Neurophysiological Symptoms of Anxiety/Depression in Preadolescents. Journal of Psychophysiology. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1027/0269-88 03/a000244
Aults, C.D., Machluf, K., Sellers, P.D. & Jones, N.A., (2018). Adolescent Girls’ Biological Sensitivity to Context: Heart Rate Reactivity Moderates the Relationship Between Peer Victimization and Internalizing Problems. Evolutionary Psychological Science (advance online publication). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40806-018-0176-2
Jones, N.A., & Sloan, A. (in press). Neuro-hormones and Temperament Interact during Infant Development. Philosophical Transactions of Royal Society, B, 18(54), http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2017.0159.
Gartstein, M.A., Prokasky, A., Bell, M.A., Calkins, S.D., Bridgett, D., Braungart-Rieker, J, Leerkes, E., Cheatham, C., Das Eiden, R., Mize, K.D., Jones, N.A., Mireault, G., & Seamon, E. (2017). Latent Profile and Cluster Analysis of Infant Temperament: Comparisons across Person-Centered Approaches. Developmental Psychology, 53(10), 1811–1825. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/dev0000382.
Jones, N.A., Platt, M., & Mize, K.D. (2016). Breastfeeding impacts brain activation and interaction patterns in infants of depressed mothers. In J. Worobey (Ed.) Infant Feeding: Parental Perceptions, Behaviors and Health Effects. NOVA publishers.
Jones, N.A. & Mize, K.D. (2016). Introduction for the special issue: Psychophysiology and psychobiology in emotion development. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 142, 239–244. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2015.10.013
Aults, C., Cooper, P., Pauletti, R., Jones, N.A. & Perry, D.G. (2015). Child sex and respiratory sinus arrhythmia reactivity as moderators of the relation between internalizing symptoms and aggression. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 40(4), 269-276. Doi: 10.1007/s10484-015-9294-9.
Mize, K.D., Pineda, M., Blau, A.K., Marsh, K., and Jones, N.A., (2014). Infant physiological and behavioral responses to a jealousy provoking condition. Infancy, 1-11. DOI: 10.1111/infa.12046.
Mize, K.D., & Jones, N.A. (2012). Infant physiological and behavioral responses the loss of maternal attention to a social rival. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 83, 16-23. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2011.09.018
Jones, N.A., (2012). Delayed reactive cries demonstrate emotional and physiological dysregulation in newborns of depressed mothers. Biological Psychology, 89, 374-381. Doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2011.11.011
Diego, M., Jones, N.A., & Field, T. (2010). EEG in 1-week, 1-month and 3-month-old infants of depressed and non-depressed mothers. Biological Psychology, 83 (1), 7-14. Doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2009.09.007
Books accepted for publication
Jones, N.A., Platt, M., Mize, K.D., & Hardin, J. (2019). Developmental Research: A Guide for Conducting Research Across the Life Span. Routledge: Taylor & Francis Publishing Group.
Hart, S. & Jones, N.A. (2018). The Psychology of Rivalry: NOVA Online Publishers
Departmental Service and University Service
Executive Committee Member for the Department of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience, 2015-2018.
Institutional Review Board Member and former Chair
National and International Grant Reviews:
National Institutes of Health – Center for Scientific Review. 2013-2014: ZRG1 F16-L (20) L - Fellowships: Risk, Prevention and Health Behavior. Meeting in March & November, 2014, July & November 2015. March, July and November 2016, March, 2017, 2018.
Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review Group 2017/01 ZRG1 BBBP-B (03) M, Reviewer on 3 applications & Special emphasis panel/Scientific review group. 2013/ZRG1 RPHB-P (02). Feb, 2013.
Discovery Grant Reviewer, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Biological Systems and Functions (EG 1502) subcommittee, 3 reviewed, two in 2017 and one in 2016.
International Society of Infant Studies, Member
Society for Research in Child Development, Member
Ad Hoc Reviewer:
Biological Psychology, Biological Psychiatry, Child Development, Development and Psychopathology, Developmental Psychobiology, Developmental Psychology, Early Education and Development, Early Human Development, Journal of Affective Disorders, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Journal of Development Origins of Health and Disease, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, Journal of Women's Health, Issues & Care, Maternal and Child Health, Plos ONE, Psychological Science, Psychophysiology, Social Development, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Chair: Palm Beach County Breastfeeding Coalition
Presenter: The Children’s Healing Institute. Turn on the Light Conference Presenter on Child Abuse and Neglect, 2010, 2012. Volunteer in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.